Bears Roll, Beat Bills, 6-0
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  08/27/2012

Aug. 27, 2012


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The No. 16 California Golden Bears (1-1) scorched the Saint Louis Billikens (0-3) on a warm Monday afternoon in Berkeley, 6-0. Lara Kruggel scored two goals to lead the team and bring her season total to three.

It was a game of firsts for Cal in their second game of the season. Freshman goalie Joelle van Hoorn earned her first career victory at the collegiate level. Seniors Kendra Bills, Lauren Livingston, Rachelle Comeau, and Deanna Kennedy all earned their first goals of the young 2012 season.

After being held to only one goal on nine shots against Maryland, the California offense was on full display Monday afternoon. Cal had 29 shots on the day, 17 of them on goal; eight came of the stick of Kruggel. The Bears also earned 15 penalty corners on the day.

The defense was excellent as well. Saint Louis only managed two shots during the two periods, and only earned one penalty corner.

Defender Deanna Kennedy was all smiles after the conclusion of the game.

"[The goal] felt really good," said Kennedy. "It caught me off guard at first because I had stopped the corner and it was kind of a broken play. I looked up and saw the goal, so I just went for it. It's a good start to our season. We played so well on Friday that we wanted to finish the weekend with a W."

Van Hoorn was also very pleased with the victory.

"The win felt very good," the freshman goalie said. "I'm very proud of the team and how we progressed today."

Head coach Shellie Onstead knew that getting today's win was very important. A let down after narrowly losing to No. 1 Maryland was not an option.

"We went with the purpose of playing to our game and not considering our opponent and not preparing any differently than we did for the No. 1 team in the country. I think we were fairly good at that. We stepped up in the second half, which I was pleased about. It is nice to distribute goals to different people through the lines. It shows that we can be pretty dangerous."

Cal began the scoring in the first half when Lara Kruggel took a penalty corner injection from Shannon Elmitt, and shot it high and hard to the back of the net. The Bears earned their second goal of the period when Kendra Bills caught the rebound of a Caroline Struijk shot and pushed it past Billiken goalie Megan Depew-Brady for her first tally of the season.

After entering halftime with a 2-0 lead, the Bears stepped on the accelerator harder in the second half. Five minutes into the period, Rachelle Comeau took her own rebound to the right lower corner of the cage for the forward's first goal of the season. After surviving a yellow card charged to Lauren Livingston, Deanna Kennedy netted her goal off of the busted penalty corner. Livingston made up for her yellow with a goal of her own only 6 minutes after Kennedy's. Kruggel then finished up the scoring with her own bookend goal with five minutes left to play.